USS George H.W. Bush rocked by three suicides in one week

first_img Photo: GHWB is currently in Norfolk Naval Shipyard for its Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA). Photo: US Navy View post tag: US Navy Three US Navy sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush committed suicide last week, the ship’s commanding officer Capt. Sean Bailey confirmed in a post on the ship’s official Facebook page.The deaths came in the wake of a push by the US Navy to address the rising number of suicides in the service.While appearing to be unrelated so far, the CO said the last week’s deaths were the third, fourth, and fifth crew member suicides in the last two years.“It is with a heavy heart that I can confirm the loss of three Sailors last week in separate, unrelated incidents from apparent suicide,” Bailey said.“Now is the time to come together as a crew and as a family to grieve, to support each other, and to care for those in need.”The CO has also called for suggestions and ideas on how to prevent another suicide.No enlisted or commissioned leaders have been relieved in the wake of the suicides, but authorities are investigating the deaths.It is worth noting that no suicides occurred on the aircraft carrier which is currently docked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for a 28-month overhaul that started in February this year. View post tag: USS George H. W. Bush Share this articlelast_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 1 Steaua 0

first_imgChelsea took an early lead in their final Champions League group match courtesy of Daniel Georgievski’s 10th-minute own goal.Willian’s right-wing corner was headed on by Oscar and with Demba Ba looking to apply the finishing touch, an under-pressure Georgievski appeared to knock the ball in, although Ba may be credited with the goal.Already through to the knockout stage and knowing a victory would guarantee they progress as Group E winners, the Blues had made a strong start.David Luiz miscued after being found unmarked by Willian’s corner and Oscar fired wide from the edge of the penalty area before the opener.Luiz, who has been nursing a knee problem, was recalled to the side along with Ashley Cole – the duo’s first appearance since last month’s defeat at Newcastle.Oscar, lively in the opening 20 minutes, also returned after shaking off an ankle knock.Steaua Bucharest should have equalised when Gabriel Iancu sneaked in behind John Terry and had only keeper Mark Schwarzer to beat but dragged his shot horribly wide.But Chelsea have been dominant and would have doubled their advantage had keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu not produced a reflex save to tip over Branislav Ivanovic’s close-range header from Eden Hazard’s cross.Chelsea: Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Ba.Subs: Cech, Cahill, Ramires, De Bruyne, Mata, Schurrle, Torres.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

D’Angelo Russell says he needs to apply himself on defense

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — If there’s a major concern going into the season for the Warriors, it’s the defense.After having one of the most versatile defenses in the league the last few years, offseason losses have weakened a roster once deep with length and experience. The Warriors posted the second worst defensive rating among NBA teams in the preseason, and it’s worth pointing out that no team with a bottom-10 defense made the playoffs last season.To remedy that, the Warriors will need better …last_img

Infrastructure to build long-term regional prosperity

first_imgThe more locally produced inputs South Africa’s national infrastructure build programme uses, the more the country can grow its manufacturing industry, businesses and, importantly, create much-needed jobs. (Image: Brand South Africa) • Manusha Pillai Communications Manager Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122 [email protected] • South Africa’s competitive advantage in the developing world• Zuma urges Team SA to sell South Africa at Davos• WEF Davos 2014: Keeping up with a fast-changing world  • Watch: Davos 2014 pre-meeting press conference• Cape to Cairo trade agreement to open up African bordersHappy Ntshingila, deputy chairperson of Brand South AfricaAs South Africa prepared for the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, we looked at our membership of the increasingly influential Brics grouping of nations as a case study in how to create positive and significant growth similar to that seen in Brazil, Russia, India, China and other Asian economic tigers.Providing infrastructure to support both the economy and communities is one of the main ways South Africa will stimulate inclusive and jobs-rich growth. Quality, affordable infrastructure raises economic productivity, permits economic expansion and allows marginalised households and communities to take advantage of new opportunities.It also builds essential social capital and raises living standards as people have access to electricity, piped water, housing and reliable transport systems. Infrastructure is a critical pillar to strengthen key value chains across our economy.Strong infrastructure also strengthens the domestic demand for local capital goods, industries, services and products. Ultimately, the more locally produced inputs the national infrastructure build programme utilises, the more the country can grow its manufacturing industry, businesses and, importantly, create much-needed jobs. Gainful and consistent employment is one of the most certain ways in which to ensure the increase in a nation’s living standards.A vision for the year 2030South Africa’s National Development Plan – or Vision 2030 – has identified infrastructure investment as a key priority for South Africa moving forward. It provides an effective mechanism to support socioeconomic transformation and to build a new level of economic resilience in an increasingly challenging global environment. The development of critical skills to build, implement, operate and maintain our growing infrastructure assets, leveraging job creation and localisation through an infrastructure development pipeline over the next 20 years, South Africa will be able to collectively build an equitable society.The government needs to spend 10% of its annual budget on infrastructure development in order to achieve the desired levels of economic transformation, growth potential and job creation over the next few years.At this rate of spending by 2030, the NDP’s target date, the country would have spent a total R11.8-trillion on infrastructure, laying a new foundation for growth, providing decent work opportunities for its citizens, and stimulating business and industry.The National Infrastructure Plan, which was adopted in 2012, is a powerful framework through which to propel South Africa’s economic landscape onto a more employment-friendly, equitable and inclusive trajectory. It is an exciting new landscape that offers every citizen a real opportunity to develop their own personal capabilities and, as a result, be well positioned and equipped to share in the country’s long-term growth and prosperity.Social partnersAccordingly, the government recognises the vital role of the social partners in creating an enabling environment for implementing national infrastructure plans, mobilising human resources and ensuring accountability. These social partners will help develop the capacity and skills required to meet the demands of South Africa’s growing investment programme, not only for construction materials and structural steel inputs, but also for sophisticated equipment like locomotives and turbines. This includes developing the skills to implement, operate and maintain our infrastructure assets.Implementation of the National Infrastructure Plan will strengthen domestic demand for local capital goods industries, services and products. The more locally produced inputs the build programme uses, the more South Africa’s domestic manufacturing and support industries will thrive, with citizens benefitting from an expansion in the creation of jobs in these industries.African regional integrationSouth Africa’s National Infrastructure Plan is also strategically important from an economic growth perspective in terms of regional integration to stimulate greater pan-African cooperation and development. One of the plan’s 18 strategic integrated projects, or SIPs, focuses on supporting African development and integration as part of its mandate.Through the National Infrastructure Plan framework, there is a greater opportunity to participate in mutually beneficial infrastructure projects to unlock long-term socioeconomic benefits by partnering with fast-growing African economies that have a projected growth of between 3% and 10%.Such infrastructure projects would focus on the transport, water and energy sectors that also have the potential to provide competitively priced, diversified, short-, medium- and long-term development options for the South African economy. An example of such projects could be in Mozambique’s electricity transmission project (Cesul) which could assist in providing cheap, clean power in the short-term, while the Grand Inga Hydropower project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo could provide a long-term development option for South Africa. Leveraging of such regional strategic integrated infrastructure projects on the African Continent would complement the free trade area discussions aimed at creating a market of 600-million people in South, Central and East Africa.Ultimately, South Africa’s National Infrastructure Plan represents a tangible methodology for empowering a nation and triggering essential future development. It is a bold effort to successfully transform the economy for the long term, laying the foundation for sustainable growth and job creation.It provides an opportunity to effectively mobilise the nation behind one common and progressive vision. At the same time, it develops a powerful platform for delivery to the nation and the building of strategic partnerships with business and labour. It also cements South Africa’s position as a key driver and supporter of integration of African economies, further demonstrating the country’s strategic importance at a regional economic development level, together with its standing on the global economic stage as a member of the Brics grouping of nations.last_img read more

Late planted corn can still yield well

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Growers worried about delayed planting, take heart — late-planted corn sometimes has reaped better yields than early planted corn, said an agronomist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.It’s true that the optimal time to get corn planted in southern Ohio is between April 10 and May 10 and in northern Ohio between April 15 and May 10, based on historical crop data, said Peter Thomison, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist.But this season’s cooler temperatures and wet field conditions have delayed many growers across the region from getting their corn crops completely planted, Thomison said.Across Ohio, as of the week ended May 15, only 34% of corn was planted, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. That compares to 71% that had been planted by the same time last year and 54% that had been planted on average during the same time period over the past five years, the agency said.“Corn and soybean planting progress is behind both last year and the five-year average, as farmers have been unable to get into fields that are soggy and, in some cases, in standing water,” Cheryl Turner, Ohio State statistician with the agency, said in a written statement.But for growers who haven’t gotten all their corn crops planted yet, all is not lost, Thomison said.Based on historical data since 1980, lower grain yields are not a certainty with late-planted corn, he said.“Since 1980, there have been significant planting delays associated with wet spring weather in nine years,” Thomison said. “And while, in five of those years, yields were lower than the state average, in four of those years, yields were similar or higher than the statewide average yield of the previous five years.“And in one of those years, 2009, when only 42% of the crop was planted by May 20, growers saw the third-highest corn yield on record — 171 bushels per acre.”That’s because factors other than planting date are important considerations when it comes to corn yields. Weather conditions and rainfall in July and August also play an important role in yield determinations, he said.For example, wet weather conditions caused planting delays for many growers in 2011, with most growers not getting any of their corn planted by May 30, Thomison said. However, because growing conditions were generally highly favorable for corn after planting, many growers were still able to produce crops with good yields that year, and, in some cases, yielded 6 bushels above the trend line, he said.“Growers who are still getting their crops in now still have the potential for good yields,” Thomison said. “Even growers who don’t get all their crops in until the early days of June could still get a decent crop out.“Weather conditions such as good rainfall and warm temperatures in July and August are probably the most important factors that determine yield. But if late-planted crops experience severe moisture stress during pollination and grainfill, then crop yields may be significantly lower than average.”last_img read more

Technology adopted by Oriental Bank prevents ATM theft

first_imgGurugram: At a time when Gurugram is being faced with an increased number of ATM thefts, superior technology adopted by Oriental Bank of Commerce prevented a major theft in one of its ATMs.On Friday between 1:40 am & 2:45 am, a robbery attempt was made by some miscreants at an ATM at Garhi Bolni Road near Huda Chowk Rewari. The robbers broke open the ATM shutter and tried to open ATM. Due to sophisticated surveillance technology adopted by the Bank, the incident was monitored and immediately reported to the police. The police authorities reacted instantly resulting in arrests of culprits at the site. Thus due to technology by Bank, close cooperation and active participation of Police authorities, a grave crime was averted.last_img

Nova Scotia capital commemorates catastrophic Halifax Explosion 100 years ago

first_imgHALIFAX – Rose Poirier stood on a hill overlooking Halifax harbour at 9:04 a.m. Wednesday, quietly marking the moment precisely 100 years before when the city’s bustling north end was obliterated by the worst human-caused disaster in Canadian history.Before the poets and the politicians spoke at a ceremony marking the grim centennial, Poirier recalled a harrowing story from a 106-year-old relative who miraculously survived the Halifax Explosion and still lives in the city’s west end.Poirier said her husband’s great aunt, Halifax resident Hazel Forrest, was staying with her sister in a home on Bilby Street on Dec. 6, 1917, when two wartime ships collided in the harbour, sparking a massive explosion that killed almost 2,000 people, wounded 9,000 and left 25,000 homeless.It was the world’s largest human-made blast until an atomic bomb was detonated in 1945.As a white-hot shock wave rolled up from the harbour, razing much of the city’s north end, six-year-old Hazel was hurled through a crumbling wall.“She remembers being thrown down from an upper floor into her uncle’s arms because the wall and the stairs had been blown off,” Poirier said Wednesday as a steady downpour pelted the hundreds of onlookers who gathered for a commemorative service at Fort Needham Memorial Park — not far from what was ground zero in 1917.“Her sister Evelyn had been bathing their baby brother, and she was thrown down the cellar stairs. The baby was scalded because they were near the stove. They found that baby across the street.”Forrest, one of the oldest survivors of the explosion, now lives in a nursing home and was unable to attend the ceremony because of blustery weather.Halifax Mayor Mike Savage told the crowd it’s the heart-rending stories of individual Haligonians that help Canadians understand an otherwise incomprehensible tragedy.To make his point, Savage singled out the Jackson family, represented by several relatives in the crowd, which lost more than 40 members to the explosion and ensuing conflagration.“To whomever you seek comfort from, to whomever you pray to in the evening … when you close your eyes tonight, ask for a blessing for those who lived 100 years ago — for those who were killed, for those who survived and to those who rebuilt,” the mayor said as gusts of wind blew the rain sideways.“We say to them what we say to our great military heroes on Remembrance Day: ‘We will remember them.’”In a heated tent near the park’s Halifax Explosion Memorial Bell Tower, 82-year-old Gerald Edward Jackson recalled how his father was trapped in the rubble of a house for three days before a searcher with a dog found him.“He was blown down into the basement of the house and the house caved in on top of him, and it was burning,” he said as family members leaned in to hear the story. “It was a chaotic thing … My dad never spoke about the explosion at all.”As the ceremony began at 9:04 a.m. — the exact time of the blast — a cannon was fired at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, and ships in the harbour sounded their horns, the mournful wail echoing across the city as the crowd observed a moment of silence.Halifax’s poet laureate, Rebecca Thomas, said most historical accounts of the explosion fail to recognize the shabby way the city’s black and Indigenous populations were treated after the disaster.“Nostalgia can sometimes be toxic and … many voices often disappear into the past without ever being heard,” she told the crowd.African Nova Scotians living in the Africville neighbourhood, which was severely damaged by the explosion, were given only a fraction of the rebuilding funds offered to white Haligonians, she said. As for Turtle Grove, a Mi’kmaq village on the Dartmouth side of the harbour, it was wiped out by a tsunami created by the blast.“Those who survived were segregated and kept out of the hospitals,” Thomas said.George Elliott Clarke, the Nova Scotia-born parliamentary poet laureate, recited a poem recalling the poignant moments leading up to the deadly detonation, including the imagined last goodbyes of children as they went off to school in the city’s Richmond neighbourhood.“Punctual salutations resonate in Richmond homes as spouses trudge to factory or menial jobs. Children troop to school and many of those cheery, kissed-cheek goodbyes will prove unknowingly final,” he said, reading from a soaked page.Clarke also remembered Vincent Coleman, the telegraph dispatcher who, “alert and alarmed, tapped out urgent, percussive Morse (code)” to warn an incoming train to stop before he died in the explosion.Coleman’s grandson, Calgary lawyer Jim Coleman, also spoke at the ceremony, recalling how earlier generations refused to talk about what happened.After 100 years, that is changing, he said, adding that his grandfather’s legacy as a hero should never be forgotten.“He had a choice. He had a choice to stay or a choice to leave and try to save his life. We believe he made the right choice. He stayed and for that many people lived,” he said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version wrongly stated the Halifax Explosion was the largest artificial blast prior to the bombing of Hiroshima.last_img read more

Questions raised over retailers who shame shoplifters with photos

first_imgA Newfoundland sex store’s social-media shaming of an alleged shoplifter has raised ethical questions over retailers who display security footage to catch thieves.Provincial privacy commissioner Donovan Molloy has reportedly encouraged businesses to take the footage to police, rather than share images of people who have not been found guilty of a crime.Privacy lawyer David Fraser said reasonable, ethical judgement should be used in these cases, especially online where images can spread quickly.Fraser said taking footage to law enforcement is probably legally safer than businesses sharing it on their own, but pointed out police can also get caught up in the grey area.A woman recently sued Ottawa Police Services Board and Ottawa Capital Area Crime Stoppers for defamation and negligence over shared mall security footage alleging she “stole” a purse when she had actually taken it to a lost and found.In 2015, a store stopped posting bulletin board pictures of suspected shoplifters after Canada’s privacy commissioner found the practice “not permissible” under the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, according to the commissioner’s web site.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

One Direction Teams With Office Depot To Fight Bullying

first_imgOffice Depot is proud to announce its alliance with the world-renowned music group, One Direction, who officially become partners in the retailer’s Anti-Bullying campaign that will launch across the U.S. during the 2013 Back-to-School season.One Direction Fights BullyingThe 1D/OD alliance will feature a collection of limited edition back-to-school products, which will be exclusively sold at Office Depot. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be used to fund an anti-bullying educational program to encourage kinder behavior among students. This message will be supported by an integrated marketing campaign that includes an anti-bullying message from One Direction, which will be broadcast on television and at their concerts, as well as print and digital advertising, online and social media activations.“We are thrilled to launch the ‘1D + OD Together Against Bullying’ alliance with One Direction,” says Bob Moore, Chief Marketing & Merchandising Officer for Office Depot. “Office Depot is committed to making a difference in students’ lives with meaningful anti-bullying education, and thanks to the powerful voices of Niall, Harry, Zayn, Louis, and Liam, we will make considerable progress.”The “1D+OD LIVE.LOVE.MOVE Together Against Bullying” integrated cause marketing campaign and product collection has been created by SEW Branded, a New York brand image and marketing consultancy.last_img read more

Two day workshop for Ministry of Finance Officers

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Feb 2015 – Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Opposition Leader Sharlene Robinson said for the first time the PAC will host a workshop to enhance reporting on the country’s finances by officers in the Ministry of Finance. The opening this morning will be carried on National Radio and among the topics over the two days are: The Importance of Good Governance; The Role Of Accounting Officers; The Roles of the National Audit Office, Public Accounts Committee, Internal Audit Department and the Audit Committee; PAC Hearings; How To Prepare for PAC Hearings; The Role of Parliament in Financial Oversight and Curbing Corruption. There will be a period for Feedback and Questions. The workshop will conclude with a mock hearing. This Public Accounts Committee workshop is funded by the Governor’s Office. Recommended for you Jitney row on social media elicits warning from PDM Leader Related Items:ministry of finance, public accounts committee, sharlene robinson, workshop PDM sends Commissioner another message: Bring GT Police Officers backlast_img read more